Book Review by Aarene Storms: Starting From Here

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Starting From Here by Lisa Jenn Bigelow

You wouldn't want Colby's life. Her mom died of cancer. Her truck driver dad is gone most of the time. And her girlfriend just dumped her ... for a guy.

Then by chance Colby rescues Mo, a stray dog hit by a car. Mo survives the amputation of his leg, and caring for him propels Colby into friendships she would never have imagined.

This potentially too-sweet story is enlivened by an imperfect central character with the knack for screwing up relationships. Fortunately, Colby is determined to live with her own choices, and the strength of her character makes up for a lot of bad judgement. Supporting characters are worthwhile as well: her buddy Van, her absent-but-loving dad, and the cute girl at school who just might forgive Colby's screw-ups, if only she gets the chance.

Recommended for readers ages 14 to adult. No violence; some cussing, some kissing, and one very tactful incident of Star Trek Sex.

The events may not have happened; still, the story is true. --R. Silvern

Aarene Storms, youth services librarian
Richmond Beach and Lake Forest Park Libraries, KCLS


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